Consider Love: Its Moods and Many Ways

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Children and adults alike will adore this reissue of the playful, illustrated ode to love in its many forms from bestselling humorist Sandra Boynton.

From the sentimental to the soulful, this delightful book explores the many and curious modes of love using adorable pictures and pleasing phrases. Also it rhymes. And it makes a fantastically thoughtful gift that anyone will, well, love!

This refreshed edition of Sandra Boynton?s celebrated ...

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Overview

Children and adults alike will adore this reissue of the playful, illustrated ode to love in its many forms from bestselling humorist Sandra Boynton.

From the sentimental to the soulful, this delightful book explores the many and curious modes of love using adorable pictures and pleasing phrases. Also it rhymes. And it makes a fantastically thoughtful gift that anyone will, well, love!

This refreshed edition of Sandra Boynton’s celebrated tribute to affection, devotion, and all things lovely features the original endearing illustrations with an all-new cover—and a whole lotta heart.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Celebrate love in all its glorious shapes and sizes with bestselling author Sandra Boynton. This cheerful romp through one of life's greatest gifts explores the many faces of the oft-discussed sentiment. Boynton shows us "love perhaps foolish" (a hippo dives head-first into a layer cake) and "love despairing" (a lowly rabbit waiting by the phone). There's "love problematic" (two porcupines staring tenderly at each other) and "love mysterious" (a cloaked elephant presents a heart to another).

Spare but spirited rhyming text ("A love that appreciates fire, and grace./ A love that adores / one remarkable face./ A love that is steady, devoted, and true -- / Consider my love for incredible you") lets the humor and beauty of the illustrations shine through. Boynton's signature use of fluid lines and unforgettable facial expressions allows readers to relate to every adorable animal. Their passion, frustration, bravery, eloquence, and hope are all ours to enjoy and embrace. Finally, we see all of Boynton's creatures together as the book comes to an end, and we are shown the true meaning of love.

A superlative gift for your special someone. (Amy Barkat)

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Arriving just in time for Valentine's Day gift giving, this bouncy volume should please the palates of those searching for a sweet confection for a special someone. An appealing menagerie of Boynton's inimitable animal characters court and cavort through these buoyant pages, demonstrating how love "comes in every shape, and style." Acting out emotions suggested by the minimal rhyming text, these critters demonstrate such phenomena as "hopeful love" (a rabbit's ears form the shape of a heart), "love extravagant" (an elephant presents his amour with an entire apple tree, roots and all), "love perhaps foolish" (a hippo dives head-first into a layer cake) and "love overzealous" (a beaver chomps heart-shaped designs on tree trunks). In a final spread, the animals gather together as the narrative winds to an unabashedly sentimental, sing-song close: "Now consider one love in the midst of the crowd an affectionate love, neither timid nor loud.... A love that is steady, devoted, and true Consider my love for incredible you." Aw, shucks. What's not to love or at least like? All ages. (Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Kids may get a few chuckles because the pictures are really amusing. The issue of love and the many forms it takes, however, will probably appeal more to adult readers. Since Boynton was a greeting card designer, the book is really like a collection of pictures and sayings that you might find on greeting cards that are appropriate for Valentine's Day, or just to let someone know that you care. She depicts love as cautious or daring, clever or foolish, hot or coolish—the book is filled with delightful pairings. That is the underlying lesson that kids will absorb while they have a chuckle at the pictures. But my bet is that this will be more popular among the college crowd than younger kids. 2002, Simon & Schuster, $14.95. Ages 4 up. Reviewer:Marilyn Courtot
Kirkus Reviews
While clearly intended as pop candy for the grown-up soul, Boynton's latest has a genuine appeal for children of several ages. She has a definite way with words and illustrates them with her waggish, anthropomorphized animals, rich in linear expression and familiar to anyone who has been in a greeting-card store in the past couple of decades. "There's simple love"-two bears waltzing-"and love mysterious"-a veiled elephant presents a heart to another; "Frivolous love"-a cow sporting heart-shaped earrings and eyeglasses "and love too serious"-an anxious turkey interrupts his ladylove's reading. "Comfortable love" finds two pigs side-by-side, while "love problematic" has two porcupines gazing soulfully at each other. There are lots of titles that talk to children about divorce and loss and blended families; but there aren't all that many that talk about love-handholding, Valentine-sending love-in such a direct way. "A love that appreciates fire, and grace. / A love that adores / one remarkable face. / A love that is steady, devoted, and true- / Consider my love for incredible you." (Picture book. 7 )
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442494657
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 541,521
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton is a popular American humorist, songwriter, children’s author, and illustrator. Boynton has written and illustrated more than forty books for both children and adults, as well as more than four thousand greeting cards and four music albums. She has designed—for various companies—calendars, wallpaper, bedding, stationery, paper goods, clothing, jewelry, and plush toys.

Sandra Boynton is a popular American humorist, songwriter, children’s author, and illustrator. Boynton has written and illustrated more than forty books for both children and adults, as well as more than four thousand greeting cards and four music albums. She has designed—for various companies—calendars, wallpaper, bedding, stationery, paper goods, clothing, jewelry, and plush toys.

Biography

In the 1980s, it was hard to enter a gift shop without seeing Sandra Boynton's name. Her humorous pen-and-watercolor cartoons of hippos, ewes, and her famous turkeys (you know, symbolizing the human ones in life who can get you down) were emblazoned on cards, mugs, stickers, stationery...and of course, her wonderful, wacky books, the first of which was 1979's Hippos Go Berserk! .

Boynton began her career as a greeting card illustrator with aspirations of theater directing; but having a family changed her focus, and she began devoting herself full-time to art. Her board books, filled with goofy animal illustrations and rhyming verse, are toddler staples. But their appeal to adults is undeniable, and she has also written a number of humor books for the general public.

Given the rhythmic, buoyant style of her writing, it was only natural that Boynton would become involved in companion music to her books. From the '90s on, several of her titles included accompanying CDs, culminating in the 2002 release of Philadelphia Chickens, a CD-book extravaganza written with composer Michael Ford and featuring musical performances by several high-profile stars.

Who knows what lies ahead for this irrepressible force of nature? If there's one thing Sandra Boynton has proved in the course of her remarkably diverse career, it's that she's not lost her capacity to surprise us. (Thank heavens!)

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    1. Hometown:
      "Somewhere in rural Connecticut"
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 3, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Orange, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Yale University, 1974; attended University of California--Berkeley Drama School and Yale Drama School

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

    Great Love Poem for Any Age.

    Sandra Boynton has done it again with a sweet, charming love poem that is good for kids, loved ones and any one you love. I strongly recommend this, especially for sweet hearts, and significant others. Husband will win brownie points if they buy this for their wife!

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

    CONSIDER LOVE It's many shapes and style... It's moods and many

    CONSIDER LOVE

    It's many shapes and style...
    It's moods and many ways...

    A "celebrated tribute to affection, devotion, and all things lovely."

    FUN gift book for ALL AGES!

    PERFECT for Valentine's Day OR any day you want to tell someone you love them!

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